Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Road Trip Tip #2: Car Food

My kids' favorite thing about road trips is food!  We've gone on lots of long road trips, so now we have our favorite road trip food.
Favorite snacks:
Jerky (sometimes homemade)
Dried fruit - apples, mangos,  craisins,  yogurt covered raisins
Trail mix
Teddy Grahams

Cold snacks:
Fruit- grapes, sliced apples
Cheese rectangles or sticks
Yogurt - with straws to drink it with
Frozen juice boxes 

We like to pack a lunch so we can eat while we drive and not have to stop.  Or sometimes we stop at a park and picnic and let the kids get some wiggles out
Peanut butter sandwiches
Chicken salad sandwiches
Pepperoni bread
Cold pizza

Other things I like to bring:
Plastic cups (perfect for filling with snacks to hand back to the kids)
Paper plates (for their lunch)
Ziploc bags - big and small
Bag clips
Plastic utensils

On my next road trip, I'm bringing a few more things:
IKEA trays - for making sandwiches on my lap, kids to hold things on their laps
Dust buster - vacuum up crumbs
Windex and cleaning cloth - cleaning the smudges off of the inside of the windows

What are your favorite road trip foods?

Check out my road trip tip #1 here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 285 Menu

Hi again everyone!  Happy Monday!
Menu time...

Monday:  sausage, peppers, potatoes

Tuesday: chicken caesar salad wraps

Wednesday: chicken salad sandwiches

Thursday: Swedish meatballs, steamed red potatoes, IKEA gravy

Friday: grilled pizza

Saturday: easy night

Sunday: bistro chicken chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, veggies, one hour rolls

What are you making this week?  Have a good one!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll have my 2nd Road Trip Tip for you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Road Trip Tip #1: Binkie Saver

We've been a few long road trips in the last couple of months, plus it's an hour to get to the closest Home Depot or Lowes which means that we've been in the car a lot lately.  My baby guy still has his binkie (and I have good intentions of getting rid of it soon, but it's kind of a sanity saver with lots of road trips, so he'll get it a little while longer).  Anyway...he's always dropping his binkie on the floor always on the side that no one can reach.  

This week I went on a long drive with just two of us and I was a bit worried about him not having his binkie.  I didn't want to stop every ten minute to pick it up.  Then my friend, Angela shared her great idea with me.  

Here it is.  Are you ready?

* Tie the binkie to the car seat strap with a string. *

Toddlers can't get the knots undone.   It's genius and was a life saving idea!  

When my babies were little I used the binkie straps that clip onto their clothes, but the older the babies get the easier they can pull the strap off.  They can't get the string undone though.

It bugged my baby guy that he had a string on his binkie, but he eventually got over it.  He knew that he could look down and find the string and that his binkie would be at the end of it.  

My baby guy and I survived (and maybe even enjoyed) a 4.5 hour drive with zero binkie dropping and losing!  Amazing.

Forgive my fuzzy cell phone pictures that I snapped at while stopped at a stoplight.  Probably not the best time/place to be taking pictures.  

I'll be posting a few more of our family road trip tips soon.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 284 Menu

This week's menu and menu planning post is going to be short and sweet.  Then I can get back to this...
Menu time...(recipes can be found on my Ultimate List of DInner Ideas page)

Monday:  leftovers from the weekend, taco soup and perfect pot roast

Tuesday:  french dip

Wednesday: marinated chicken tinfoil dinners

Thursday:  easy night

Friday:  grill something

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday:  breakfast burritos

That's what we're having this week.  How about you?  What's on your menu this week?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Week 283 Menu

Hi everyone!   This post is going.to be a "what we ate last week" kind of menu post.  Because it's summer and it's been a little busy.   :)

Last week we did a little salsa eating,  birthday crepe breakfast enjoying, Netflix watching while mom works on projects and stilt walking.  

Here's what we what we actually ate last week...if I can remember right.

Monday: breakfast for dinner

Wednesday:  pizza

Friday:  chicken sandwiches

Sunday: leftovers

My four your old turned five last week, so we had some pirate birthday cake too. 

All righty...your turn.  Feel free to share your menu for this week or take the easy way out like me and share what you actually ate last week. 

Have a great week! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Visiting San Diego: Part Two

We went on vacation to San Diego a couple of weeks ago.  It was my first time there and we had a great time.  Before we went, I googled things to do in San Diego and talked to my friends that had been there to figure out the best places to go see.  This is part two of my post.  See part one about Legoland, the zoo and beaches here.

Here a few of the other things that we did.

Sea World
Going to Sea World was kind of a last minute decision.  We went in the afternoon at 2:30 and stayed until 8:30 or 9:00.  In the end we had fun, but I would have rather spent the money elsewhere.  My daughter liked the roller coasters at SeaWorld.  We enjoyed seeing some of the sea life, especially the penguins, sharks and beluga whales.  The kids liked the dolphin and killer whale show.  We didn't go on all the rides, since the wait for some was a crazy long time.

San Diego Mormon Battalion Historical Site
 Visiting the Mormon Battalion HIstorical Site was one of my favorite things we did in San Diego.

It's located in Old Town and tours are given by sister missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Even if you're not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I recommend visiting this.  The site was remodeled five years ago, so if you haven't been there since then, you should go again.  It's free, fun, really well done and teaches a lot about the settling of San Diego.

You go on a 30 minute guided tour and travel with the pioneers from Iowa to San Diego.  The kids get to dress up like soldiers, sit on rocks that shake and rumble during the Battle of the Bulls, and learn about a few people that made the trek.  At the end of the tour the kids can pan for gold, learn how to wash clothes with a washtub, and see how they made bricks.  My kids loved it.

You also get your picture taken with your family.  They print out a copy of the picture for you to keep and you can email it to yourself.  And it's free (unlike most things in San Diego)!

Old Town

My kids didn't even want to walk through Old Town because it couldn't compare with what they just saw at the Mormon Battalion Site.  We stayed in Old Town for five minutes.  I've heard that it's fun to eat at one of the restaurants.

San Diego LDS Temple

The San Diego temple is right off the freeway.  It's beautiful, especially at night.  My kids love to visit temples wherever we vacation.  It's a beautiful, peaceful place.

Downtown San Diego

We ate downtown one evening, so afterwards we walked around.  The kids loved walking by the huge USS Midway.  They have some fun statues to take picture with that pay tribute to soldiers.

Where we stayed:

We spent most of the time in the Courtyard by Marriot by the Marina and the Navy Base.  It was a beautiful setting and a great location.
It was 10 minutes to almost everywhere, expect Legoland is a bit more north.  There was a great path that went right along the water, a huge park to the north of the hotel with a really fun playground.  Within a five minute walk you could get to Panera Bread, Five Guys and Trader Joes.  It was ten minutes to lots of other restaurants and a Target.  It was also about ten minutes to the beach and Sea World.

My kids loved the pool and wanted to swim all the time.  There isn't a breakfast, but they have a little fridge, so we just bought milk and cereal and ate in our room.  I would definitely stay there again.

We spent a few nights at a Hampton Inn in Del Mar.  Not the nicest Hampton Inn that I've stayed in, but it wasn't bad.  It's a short drive to the beach and lots of restaurants.

Side note...I don't recommend staying at the Embassy Suites in Phoenix.  We booked a night at one because we've had great experiences at Embassy Suites wherever we've traveled.  But this one in North Phoenix was a dump.  It is a motel, not a hotel and is not up to par with other Embassy Suites.  The breakfast was good, but I wouldn't stay there again.  We were going to move to another Embassy Suites in Tempe, but read reviews that it wasn't much better.

So, that's it!  My first trip to San Diego.  What about you?  Have you been there?  What are your favorite spots in San Diego?